Jesus walks on water

This is written my Pip Coombs who is a final year student midwife and is married to Matt.

Mark 6:45-56

Jesus walks on the water
45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.

Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.' 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognised Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried those who were ill on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went - into villages, towns or countryside - they placed those who were ill in the market-places. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

Reflection

 I'm sure we all know what it's like to have storms going on in our lives. Whether it be troubled relationships, difficulties at work, anxiety or stress.

Today's passage tells the story of Jesus walking on water. We're told about how the disciples are 'terrified' and the 'wind was against them'. But all of this changes when Jesus comes and meets them in the middle of the storm.

It's like nothing will get in the way of Jesus getting to them. He doesn't have a boat, he doesn't yell across the waves. He performs a miracle, walks on water and gets into the boat with them, and calms the storm.

Jesus is our comforter when we are scared (v50), our deliverer when we are in the storm (v51) and our healer when we are sick (v56).

So, knowing who Jesus is, let's bring these things to him. Whatever is playing on your heart or mind today. Open yourself to the Spirit and trust that he will get into the boat with you.

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